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The Fencing Master by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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Sep 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 19th-century, historical-fiction, murder, mystery, politics, rebellion, spain, sports
Read from September 08 to 18, 2011

This novel has a wonderful sense of atmosphere, but is really heavy on the political intrigue. I assumed as I read it that since I know nothing about Spanish history, I shouldn't spend a lot of time trying to sort it all out (same thing with the fencing terms - look, I'm being less OCD about things!). But by the end, I wished I'd spent some more time with it. I was trying to finish it for a book club, and I'm sure I'll pick it up again at some point, but it's not really a fast read, despite its length. I loved the author's ability to portray a dying world that Don Jaime clings to, and the last couple of pages are breathtaking and absolutely perfect. I bought a ton (all?) of his books when I was being irresponsible in my book buying in my early twenties, but I'm not sorry to own this.

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